Nine Ways Your Small Business
Can Benefit From a Virtual Assistant
Hiring a Virtual Assistant (VA) can be one of the smartest business moves you will ever make. A good VA will be able to assist you in handling your administrative workload, allowing you more time to focus on growing your business and generating revenue.
Here are just nine of many ways that a Virtual Assistant can provide much-needed support to your small business:
- General Administrative Support
If you ever wished you had an administrative assistant on call, a Virtual Assistant may be the perfect solution for you. By harnessing the power of the Internet, Virtual Assistants can provide general administrative services such as:
- Word processing
- Data entry
- Database maintenance
- Desktop publishing
Indeed, the list goes on and on. In fact, if you could give it to an administrative assistant, you can give it to a Virtual Assistant!
A Virtual Assistant can facilitate your invoicing, ensuring that your clients receive timely, and accurate, billing statements. By partnering with a VA to prepare your invoices, you can gain a tremendous amount of time each month to focus on other aspects of your business that require your specialized attention.
- Emails and Voicemail Management
If you get large numbers of emails or voicemails, a Virtual Assistant can manage your inboxes. They can sort through the spam and reply to messages that don’t require your attention. This results in leaving you with fewer messages to wade through everyday. A VA can also provide you with a consolidated report of voicemail messages, allowing you to return a number of important phone calls from a single report.
- Online Marketing Management
A Virtual Assistant can assist you with your online marketing plan. As we know, a marketing plan has many tasks that must have timely follow up action to succeed. The VA can:
- Manage your pay-per-click campaigns
- Post articles
- Submit your website to search engines
- Add your website to online directories
- Create banner ads
- Prepare and send email newsletters
Since Virtual Assistants make their living online, many of them keep abreast of the latest trends in online marketing. That means they can keep you up to date and you can focus on your specialty that is earning your income.
- Customer Response
Use a Virtual Assistant’s services to keep current and potential customers happy. A VA can effectively and efficiently handle questions and complaints in an appropriate manner. By providing a timely, helpful response, a VA can help you build a stronger relationship with your customers.
- Event Planning
Nothing is better than a well-planned event. Enlisting the help of a Virtual Assistant in coordinating your seminars and company functions can take a tremendous amount of burden off your shoulders, allowing for stress-free coordination of your events. They can make arrangements for the location, speakers, catering, photography, etc., and notify the attendees, too.
- Internet Research
A Virtual Assistant can efficiently perform Internet research, consolidating the information you seek and saving both time and money. A VA can use extensive research skills to your benefit, providing you with incredible value by investigating requested topics and providing the results in the desired format.
Personal Case Study:
When I worked with the AMAC Foundation, a VA did research for me on topics important to the Foundation’s Mission. We determined that financial scams were the number one concern for retirees. We developed a “Scam Alert” seminar, free to the public. The data she uncovered for us was invaluable and helped us to develop a quality service that supported the Foundation’s Mission.
- Calendar Management
Managing a busy schedule effectively doesn’t happen by chance. Team with a Virtual Assistant to help you stay atop of important dates, appointments, contacts and events. The VA can help you stay organized and prepared each day, with minimal effort on your part, reminding you of obligations and events ahead of time.
- Project Management
A Virtual Assistant can manage large and small projects alike. A VA can keep your project on track by organizing and coordinating resources, objectives, deliverables, etc.
There you have it. Nine ways a VA can help you in your business and reduce the stress in administrative tasks. After all, as a retired person seeking to build a “Second Act Career,” it is important to have time to enjoy the retirement lifestyle.
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